Copyright ©1999 by J.A. Jance; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
"Joanna Brady is a delightful character." (Chicago Tribune)
I agree that some loose ends could have been more neatly tied up, but I really liked the fact that the story was told in a real life scenario. Sheriff Brady had to deal with a never-ending assortment of law enforcement issues, while at the same time having to deal with her family and personal life. She's a good character for J.A. Jance, and I hope to hear more of her.
I have enjoyed all of the Jance novels, and truly look forward to new ones on audio so that I can listen to them while walking, gardening, etc. These stories are wonderful, though you really should listen/read them in order, as each book builds on prior books, and you'll be able to follow the fine details and understand the references to prior occurrences.
The only problem with this book is that the narrator had problems pronouncing several of the Hispanic names, or used pronunciations that are not commonly used. Joaquin is Wa-keen, not yo-quinn. Dominguez is usually spoken with a hard G - do-ming-ezz, not do-ming-wez. Cochise even gets mispronounced once, though the narrator fixes it subsequently. It is easy to say a word or name incorrectly, and I know I would be at a loss for some of these words, but I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL NARRATOR and thus not presenting my shortcomings to public scrutiny.
Rene Auberjonois, Scott Brick and George Guidall are among those who do excellent work, including the ability to pronounce foreign language phrases as needed. While this narrator is adequate, she is not yet in the ranks of the finest narrators. It is jarring when a name is mispoken, or a word scrambled. The magic of the story is momentarily set aside while you think "what? Was that..."
I am sure that with the magic of digital audio, it is possible to fix these things...please consider doing so.
Meanwhile, the Jance books are great, fun reads for road trips and every other audio use. I wish she'd write faster.
No, it is not better, I can put my own version of what the narrator should sound like. The narrators sound like they are reading the book themselves and are not adding any inflection to the characters.
Joanna Brady - tough and compassionate. The author takes into consideration how a widow should act when someone may be trying to run her household. Knows her need to be in control when necessary.
Yancy Butler and J. C. Critt are AWFUL!
Love the drama
I am wondering where Audible is getting their CDs since there is so much skipping and empty segments of this audio.
I really wish I could get my credit back for this one. The story focuses more on the main character then it does the murder she is supposed to be solving. In all I would say 4 chapters are dedicated to her focusing on the murder and the rest are about if she should relent to her boyfriends pushing to move in, etc. Out of a 10+ hours book, that's not good. The narration was fine to me but the story was terrible.
Focus more on the mystery and solving the murder than the main characters personal life.
Her voice and the way she reads.
This book was satisfactory right up to the ending...or the complete lack of ending. There were far too many things left hanging without a shred of explaination of motivation. It really needed another chapter to tie up the loose ends.
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